Indian medical students enrolled in Chinese institutions in crisis due to online class issues
Thrissur: The future of the Indian students enrolled in Chinese medical universities are in crisis as they are unable to return due to Covid situation. They have been attending online classes for the last one year after reaching home in January 2020.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) had stated that the online studies of these students cannot be recognised and they would not be allowed to attend the eligibility test in India. This has put in crisis thousands of medical students who enrolled in foreign institutions.
Nearly 10,000 students from Kerala alone are studying in 45 medical universities in China which has recognition of the Indian Medical Council. Majority of them were enrolled taking education loans. The NMC is of the stand that those studying abroad cannot be given over one year of relaxation to directly attend the classes.
The students also requested to make arrangements for their return as medical education can be completed only after practical learning and internship. Along with this, the online classes attended so far need to be recognised by the NMC. The students request the Ministries of Health and External Affairs to intervene in the matter and find a solution.
The Chinese government has not yet confirmed which vaccine should be taken by the students who return from India. As per the direction of the government, the students have started registering for Covishield which was approved by World Health Organisation (WHO).
The students who completed medical education from India can do internship in Kerala for free. But those who obtained medical degree from abroad have to pay Rs 1.20 lakh as fee. This also is a setback for the students. In order to address the issues, the parents of the students have formed Foreign Medical Graduates Parents Association.